Friday, September 24, 2010

Online Backup: Mozy or Carbonite?


In terms of online backup, there are two front runners: Mozy & Carbonite.

Mozy: http://mozy.com/
Carbonite: http://www.carbonite.com/

Both services require you to install their software on your PC or Mac so that it can do automatic backups of the files you'd like it to save. Mozy offers 2GB worth of backups for free and also has paid MozyHome and MozyPro plans.  Carbonite's subscription includes pricing plans that range from 1 to 3 years.

Does anyone use any of these services?  What are your thoughts on online backup?

94 comments:

TSFan said...

i don't use them.
seems like a waist of time, and it's for people who don't know any better, like my mom or something, lol.
i have a couple external hard drives i use to keep all my data on, i don't keep anything on my pc, except my music, which is backed up on two different externals as well :)
a 1tb external is only like $90 now, just makes sense...

HonBlogger said...

Don't use any online backup, thanks for the info though.

Juice said...

Carbonite is my choice

Clox said...

I have a few external hard drives that I use for backup but I realise even those are fragile and could fail. I'm not sure I'd be down with paying for storage, though.

Souf. said...

I don't know, for some reason I don't trust online backups. I just like to keep spare hard drives lying around.

CetaPara said...

2GB for free...well it's a good idea but you have to know how much price rakes up with a 1TB and higher backup volume.

Travie said...

I went mozy last time I had a need, but i always end up cancelling after a few weeks :P

ShredGuitar said...

Awesome post!

TheGamer said...

That pic looks sick!

Naj said...

hmm... actaully, i'd rather buy an external hard drive than back up my files online. i'm a bit paranoid!

hunter time said...

i've used dropbox alittle bit i dunno if its quite the same as mozy and carbonite

cooperlife said...

I prefer Adrive.com

you don't need to download anything.

Anonymous College Student said...

My father uses Mozy. He seems to be pleased by it.

izmeer said...

I do not know

Austin Da Silveira said...

To be honest I don't really trust online back ups, great for random stuff you don't mind people seeing, but if I had to backup documents or passwords I'll stick to memory sticks and usb drives.

Biff Tanner said...

they both suck

BobComboBreaker said...

I don't have anything online worth backing up.

Deep Thought said...

They both are unreliable, I don't have any personal experience with them but I've heard they suck.

iammyself said...

don't trust the people enough to let them hold my files

Rawr chicken feet. said...

Acronis for backups. just save as a partition.
also its not online.

suzychen said...

I would say carbonite because it sounds cooler. I'm afraid that's the full extent of my input... :/

Trashcanman said...

i wouldnt trust online backing

DoubbleU said...

^^ agreed

Persuasive Puppy said...

same, don't trust em

Randy said...

well I think its slow. Tho i haven't tested it.

Lewis Candler said...

i prefer external hard drives

Mr. Black said...

I use carbonite at my office, and it works great.

Also, just giving out my daily dose of support, have a great weekend!

bezzare said...

Ehhh i prefer my 1tb external hardrive

Commsky said...

HACKERS WANT YOUR PR0NS

Michael Casspir said...

THE TWO OPERATING SYSTEMS CAN NEVER WORK TOGETHER!

NEVER!

Home Alone Stoned said...

have tried either but theyre both probably equally good

THE FAV LIST said...

online backup = unsecure = FBI. 'nuff said

DDX said...

Online backup is good for extra insurance. But you should always keep a local backup too.

Cynthia said...

Meeeh yeah, I would rather stick to the good old external drive.

Sweeeeeetas said...

You have a good thing going here :)

blinkfan4life said...

mac comes with back up or just get and external heard drive

David Davidson said...

Don't use either of them though I probably should back-up my Macbook soon.

tienstormirk said...

it seems safe but, I feel it would leave your data vulnerable

bigLUCC said...

My online backup is either email or via my website. I mostly just have multiple external/internal hard drives, should probably get a raid going.

Bear said...

I just bought my laptop, and I always get those popups at the bottom right when I start up my computer If I would like some sort of online backup. I just hit "remind me later" and continue on.

Ishu said...

I don´t use backup, but thank you for the info!

roger said...

havent used either. ill try em out though.

_lycosa said...

Online backup is overrated considering the fact that they may invade your privacy and steal photos/information. Not going to let that happen. Ever.

momo said...

i use SAN backup solution :) kicks ass

BLUERAD said...

I think my brother uses the first one, ill check and ask

!Antibiootikum said...

Both are free right?

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Skunkfunk said...

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Amuse said...

carbonite, because han solo was frozen in it

LucidDreamer said...

No online backup. Thanks bro!

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Maxxy said...

those look amazing, I don't know what to recommend tho

Michele said...

I don't use any online backup..
Supp

shirou said...

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David said...

Jolly good show old chap :D

Kevorkian said...

I don't trust online backup too much, i rather store all the things i wat to backup in my 1TB external drive.

Life said...

I personally don't use it, but I've heard nothing but good things from people who do.

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Muhunty said...

Carbonite .

Randy Weezner said...

i do what the first poster says

enomaly said...

glen beck seems to rant and rave about carbonite i would to from the money they pay him.

Michael Casspir said...

As sweet as cloud backups are, there's nothing like the ability to access your backup WITHOUT the internet. I've got a stack of 2.5" laptop drives that I backup to frequently, and I've gotta say, it's pretty convenient!

miecak said...

I only backup the essentials, so dropbox is enough for me.

Admin said...

I prefer to make my own backup on my serveur :D

Katie Greene said...

i go for whichever one advertises the fuck out whatever radio station i listen to.

AnbuJustin said...

no way im backing up my stuff unless the servers are in MY house. Thats just asking to get owned in the face.

IN THE FACEEEEE

darkmanx said...

I never really needed backup, all I can really say is 2gb isn't much.

DongAlong said...

Meh, too risky.

DongAlong said...

too risky

Airmac said...

Don't think i could trust online backup.

SammehBoiii said...

i wouldn't trust my files online...

Anne Hero said...

I haven't tried them but i'll look into it, good post!

HeroSushi said...

never heard of these, will check it out!

DubSoldier said...

I didn't know that ^^

shadowpikachu said...

online back ups? sounds sketchy

LivingChaos said...

I just use dropbox for files I want to make sure to keep.

Michael Casspir said...

Yeah - physical drives are more secure - unplug it, and it sits in a drawer.

Cynthia said...

Wooah, there's not a lot of new post on saturday xD

MistahDrama said...

I'm not a fan of online back up, it looks and sounds good on paper but in practice is really impractical

MistahDrama said...

meh online backup sounds good on paper but in practice is really impractical

Diablo said...

I totally agree with _lycosa. Online backup has its perks and its downsides privacy invasion being the main one id rather stick to external drive(s)

arnyke said...

I am impressed by your blog

Harry said...

I do all my backups myself.

ramrod360 said...

I've heard of these, but i'm quite paranoid about my files being stolen like the fellow who posted before me.

Izzie said...

i actually use dropbox for basic stuff, especially transferring info between work and home comps.
all my really important shiz is backed up on disk and my external hard-drive.
I've lost a lot of crap one too many times, if it wasn't obvious.

niceonice said...

I do not use any backup servers. The free program I might give a try.

Alucard said...

i wouldnt store anything thats on this computer id be scared what they would find.

Hitman said...

interesting post!

David said...

I'll stay with my external.

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The Loon said...

Nope, I don't back up. Probably should.. -_-

iceonnice said...

I am going to check the free service out.

Dilly Skates said...

carbonnite

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